Funky frugal: Super sibling shirts

by Tanner Cangelosi

As we awaited the arrival of our triplets, I had to do some simple crafting!  

For some reason making something new calms me down so much. I had been laying down a lot, so I had a lot of time to think about how I would do this project. This project costs a grand total of $1.50 per shirt!

It started when I found children’s T-shirts at the Dollar Tree! I was so excited! After purchasing many, I put them away in my craft closet.

With all my extra down time cooking these babies, I saw some really cute big brother and sister shirts on ETSY, but having to purchase three of them made them too costly for me. So, I grabbed a few of my Dollar Tree specials and some regular acrylic paints.

First, I mixed a fabric medium with my paint to make the acrylic paint like a stain. This medium can be found at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. To begin, I painted a leaf on each shirt. You could also use a stencil or make your own stamp out of a sponge or potato to create a uniform look.  

Next, I used a large marshmallow as a stamp of my own to make the three little peas in their pod.  Finally, I used T-shirt puff paint to do the lettering of “Triplets Big Sister.”  

We are so excited with the arrival of these sweet babies! These shirts made my girls ready to meet their small siblings. Our little boy is not quite old enough to know what is happening!  

I didn’t really know what to expect either! Although, we are truly excited to see what God has in store for our exponentially growing family, and at least my three “big kids” were ready on the day these little peas arrived!


A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Tanner Cangelosi owns
her own business – – and has done a variety of projects, from individual home décor items to painting murals in private residences. For more information, Tanner can be reached at 501.908.1338 or [email protected].